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New year brings new resolutions

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 11:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 11:38 a.m. CDT

With 2014 comes new resolutions.

The New Year’s Eve ball dropped in Times Square in New York City, and resolutions are on the brain.

The tradition of setting new year resolutions spans back to the ancient Babylonians, who would promise to return borrowed objects and pay debts.

Recently, however, the most common resolutions lean toward gains such as getting healthy, spending less money or being around family more, according to a Forbes Magazine story.

“My New Year’s resolution would have to be to spend more time with my family and to be a great dad to my baby that’s on the way,” said Taner Morey, 20, of Creston.

Morey has similar resolutions to Barb Wilmeth, 56, of Creston. Wilmeth’s resolutions, like Morey’s, focus on life.

“Enjoy life and have more fun. That’s what I’m about, more fun,” said Wilmeth.

Chris Kearney, 26, of Creston, a merchandiser at DeBruce Grain, had several resolutions for 2014, with his health and career being among them.

“Stick to a regular weightlifting routine, switch jobs within my company, no more taking shots and shoot a round of golf in the 70s,” Kearney said.

While about 40 percent of Americans make resolutions for the new year, only 8 percent stick with them, according to Forbes Magazine. Eric Shawler, 41, of Creston has other plans.

“I don’t really do resolutions,” Shawler said, “because nobody really sticks to them.”

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